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* Also during the same time as the Authority storyline was Wrestling/BrockLesnar and his complete dominance over the WWE roster since ending Wrestling/TheUndertaker's WrestleMania undefeated streak. Although still technically-booked as a heel, fans [[RootingForTheEmpire still cheered him at first]], since his "[[SpamAttack Suplex City]]" gimmick was used on traditional XPacHeat recipients Cena and Reigns. But as the WWE entered the latter half of 2015 where Lesnar first refused to be beaten cleanly in their Wrestling/SummerSlam rematch that year then defeating him again in Hell in a Cell, people began to start seeing problems with Lesnar's overprotective booking. It got worse in 2016 when at first Lesnar feuded with Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, arguably WWE's most white-hot babyface who fans believed could be the one to get the victory on Lesnar, only for their WrestleMania Street Fight to end up an embarrassing squash match in Lesnar's favor due to him not wanting to get injured before his fight at ''UFC 200'', then fighting Wrestling/RandyOrton at Wrestling/SummerSlam resulting in a finish that ended with Lesnar giving Orton a legitimate concussion. The darkness abated somewhat after Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} squashed Lesnar in less than two minutes at Wrestling/SurvivorSeries, but now that Lesnar has defeated Goldberg in their WrestleMania rematch, becoming Universal Champion in the process, the apathy is sure to come back in full force.

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* Also during the same time as the Authority storyline was Wrestling/BrockLesnar and his complete dominance over the WWE roster since ending Wrestling/TheUndertaker's WrestleMania undefeated streak. Although still technically-booked as a heel, fans [[RootingForTheEmpire still cheered him at first]], since his "[[SpamAttack Suplex City]]" gimmick was used on traditional XPacHeat recipients Cena and Reigns. But as the WWE entered the latter half of 2015 where Lesnar first refused to be beaten cleanly by Undertaker in their Wrestling/SummerSlam rematch that year then defeating him again in Hell in a Cell, people began to start seeing problems with Lesnar's overprotective booking. It got worse in 2016 when at first Lesnar feuded with Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, arguably WWE's most white-hot babyface who fans believed could be the one to get the victory on Lesnar, only for their WrestleMania Street Fight to end up an embarrassing squash match in Lesnar's favor due to him not wanting to get injured before his fight at ''UFC 200'', then fighting Wrestling/RandyOrton at Wrestling/SummerSlam resulting in a finish that ended with Lesnar giving Orton a legitimate concussion. The darkness abated somewhat after Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} squashed Lesnar in less than two minutes at Wrestling/SurvivorSeries, but now that Lesnar has defeated Goldberg in their WrestleMania rematch, becoming Universal Champion in the process, the apathy is sure to come back in full force.
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!!Examples
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'': Very little goes right for the characters, jokes about death are frequent and everyone is just generally depressed from a melancholy in the air. Lisa's death by cancer is a good spot to mark when the strip moved into its darkness setting.
** ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', from the same creator, has this to a lesser degree. It's not as perpetually glum, but the main character is very hard to like as a person and the occasional death joke pops up now and then.
* This has happened with a lot of [[PoliticalCartoons politically-oriented]] Mexican comics, like ''Franchise/ElSantos'' and ''Los Miserables'': After suffering decades of government censorship, the political comic industry experienced a resurgence during TheNineties with its gritty stories and DeadpanSnarker AntiHero characters being praised as a welcome reality-grounded change from the rosy picture readers were being fed before; however, [[FranchiseOriginalSin more than 20 years later]], the BlackAndGrayMorality themes were turned UpToEleven, and several of their readers got tired of the CrapsackWorld themes, crude humor, irredeemable {{Jerkass}} protagonists and the overall message of ThisLoserIsYou.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Ignoring the insanity of Wrestling/VinceRusso's endless use of the ShockingSwerve, this trope was one of the main causes of Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s decline. While the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldOrder}}Wo [[EvilIsCool were cool]] for a while, they were '''the {{heel}}s''', which meant that they ultimately needed to suffer defeats, and meaningful ones. This, however, was a fact seemingly lost on everyone there (especially those members of the [=nWo=] who were involved in booking the stories - funny that). After years and years of watching the villains run roughshod over absolutely everyone, gloating and laughing, the whole thing just became pointless and depressing - they were '''never''' going to be defeated, and that was that. So people just changed the channel. In the end, the one saving grace was that the group's leader, "Hollywood" Hogan, reverted to being Wrestling/HulkHogan and returned to being a face - but that in itself could be considered a KarmaHoudini. Most people would probably argue that the New World Order storyline should've ended at ''Starrcade '97'', after Wrestling/{{Sting}} finally defeated Hulk Hogan (albeit in controversial fashion), thereby proving that, if nothing else, the nWo wasn't invincible. Of course, that arc itself came close to resulting in DIAA, since Sting was early on [[{{Frameup}} made to look as if he were secretly working for the nWo]], and his immediate reaction - [[AchillesInHisTent abruptly quitting WCW and entering into semi-seclusion for a time]] - didn't exactly allay suspicion. Indeed, Sting's enigmatic, smiling declaration of [[LogicBomb "The only thing that's for sure about Sting... is that nothing's for sure"]] - the last words he ever spoke before [[WhiteMaskOfDoom completely whitening his face]] and refusing to speak publicly for more than 14 months - kept people guessing for quite a while.
* Literature/TheDeathOfWCW talks about this from a booking standpoint. According to the author, [[CaptainObvious the best way to make money is to create a match fans want to see and one that they're willing to pay for to see]]. However, fans won't pay to see a bout if they can easily perceive a winner. In context to WCW's own entry on this page; the apathy factored into money bouts as well. Not only was Bischoff trying to put PPV matches on regular TV, but the sheer apathy of the heels running roughshod constantly make it a drain to see. Fans began to perceive who the winner would be (especially on the Souled Out [=PPVs=])
that money stopped coming into the PPV matches.
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** ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', from the same creator, has this to a lesser degree. It's not as perpetually glum, but the main character is very hard to like as a person and the occasional death joke pops up now and then.
* This has happened with a lot of [[PoliticalCartoons politically-oriented]] Mexican comics, like ''Franchise/ElSantos'' and ''Los Miserables'': After suffering decades of government censorship, the political comic industry experienced a resurgence during TheNineties with its gritty stories and DeadpanSnarker AntiHero characters being praised as a welcome reality-grounded change from the rosy picture readers were being fed before; however, [[FranchiseOriginalSin more than 20 years later]], the BlackAndGrayMorality themes were turned UpToEleven, and several of their readers got tired of the CrapsackWorld themes, crude humor, irredeemable {{Jerkass}} protagonists and the overall message of ThisLoserIsYou.
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* Music/IronMaiden:
** The album ''The X Factor'' is widely disliked, largely because it is relentlessly dark and slow in tempo from "Fortunes Of War" onwards. ''Virtual XI'' gets this a bit too, though is balanced out a bit with the unnaturally happy sounding track "The Angel And The Gambler" (which is basically the "Can I Play With Madness" or "Holy Smoke" of this album, but fans saw it quite differently due to it [[EndingFatigue running close to 10 minutes]] and [[BrokenRecord the chorus being repeated 22 times]]).
** Many fans feel this way about ''A Matter Of Life And Death'', as well. With the exception of "Different World", the album is all about the horrors of war, and represents this in [[EpicRocking long dirges]] like "These Colours Don't Run" and "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns". As older fans have pointed out, this is quite similar to ''The X Factor'', but has received far better reviews due to Music/BruceDickinson singing. Newer fans, and music journalists, regard it as one of the band's best albums, mostly because it virtually lacks the pop sensibilities that are on the band's other albums and thus fits in better with the modern image of metal as being dark and serious.
* Music/JoyDivision. Ian Curtis' lyrics and low-key vocals make his [[DrivenToSuicide self-inflicted death]] of little surprise. Martin Hannett's spartan production adds to the effect; even Bernard Sumner says in the "Joy Division" docu-film that ''Unknown Pleasures'' is almost ''too'' dark, and he prefers the more varied arrangements of ''Closer''.
** On a lesser note, Music/TheSmiths and Music/TheCure, while happier than Joy Division, also have no dearth of depressing songs that depend on equal mood to properly enjoy (''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/03/30/episode-401-civility-before-hostility/ even joked]]: "Look at those Cure albums. No emotionally balanced, healthy person would listen to that. This is obviously our perp.").
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': Though the comic did generally achieve an agreeable balance between the light-hearted charm of the other characters and the morose nature of Charlie Brown, the strip did always have its critics who found it too downcast overall. The infamous "Lucy and the football" running gag is particularly polarizing; some found the joke increasingly sadistic as the years (and decades) went on. The animated cartoons generally received harsher criticism for being "too mean," with ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' actually having some scenes softened for syndication.
* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'': Very little goes right for the characters, jokes about death are frequent and everyone is just generally depressed from a melancholy in the air. Lisa's death by cancer is a good spot to mark when the strip moved into its darkness setting.
2nd Feb '18 2:28:29 AM Arivne
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When applying to individuals, this is one of the reasons why the "{{Wangst}}" trope happens. Often results in readers saying the EightDeadlyWords, or concluding that the plot boils down to a {{Wangst}}-fesCharlie Brown, the strip did always have its critics who found it too downcast overall. The infamous "Lucy and the football" running gag is particularly polarizing; some found the joke increasingly sadistic as the years (and decades) went on. The animated cartoons generally received harsher criticism for being "too mean," with ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' actually having some scenes softened for syndication.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'': Very little goes right for the characters, jokes about death are frequent and everyone is just generally depressed from a melancholy in the air. Lisa's death by cancer is a good spot to mark when the strip moved into its darkness setting.
** ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', from the same creator, has this to a lesser degree. It's not as perpetually glum, but the main character is very hard to like as a person and the occasional death joke pops up now and then.
* This has happened with a lot of [[PoliticalCartoons politically-oriented]] Mexican comics, like ''Franchise/ElSantos'' and ''Los Miserables'': After suffering decades of government censorship, the political comic industry experienced a resurgence during TheNineties with its gritty stories and DeadpanSnarker AntiHero characters being praised as a welcome reality-grounded change from the rosy picture readers were being fed before; however, [[FranchiseOriginalSin more than 20 years later]], the BlackAndGrayMorality themes were turned UpToEleven, and several of their readers got tired of the CrapsackWorld themes, crude humor, irredeemable {{Jerkass}} protagonists and the overall message of ThisLoserIsYou.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Ignoring the insanity of Wrestling/VinceRusso's endless use of the ShockingSwerve, this trope was one of the main causes of Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s decline. While the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldOrder}}Wo [[EvilIsCool were cool]] for a while, they were '''the {{heel}}s''', which meant that they ultimately needed to suffer defeats, and meaningful ones. This, however, was a fact seemingly lost on everyone there (especially those members of the [=nWo=] who were involved in booking the stories - funny that). After years and years of watching the villains run roughshod over absolutely everyone, gloating and laughing, the whole thing just became pointless and depressing - they were '''never''' going to be defeated, and that was that. So people just changed the channel. In the end, the one saving grace was that the group's leader, "Hollywood" Hogan, reverted to being Wrestling/HulkHogan and returned to being a face - but that in itself could be considered a KarmaHoudini. Most people would probably argue that the New World Order storyline should've ended at ''Starrcade '97'', after Wrestling/{{Sting}} finally defeated Hulk Hogan (albeit in controversial fashion), thereby proving that, if nothing else, the nWo wasn't invincible. Of course, that arc itself came close to resulting in DIAA, since Sting was early on [[{{Frameup}} made to look as if he were secretly working for the nWo]], and his immediate reaction - [[AchillesInHisTent abruptly quitting WCW and entering into semi-seclusion for a time]] - didn't exactly allay suspicion. Indeed, Sting's enigmatic, smiling declaration of [[LogicBomb "The only thing that's for sure about Sting... is that nothing's for sure"]] - the last words he ever spoke before [[WhiteMaskOfDoom completely whitening his face]] and refusing to speak publicly for more than 14 months - kept people guessing for quite a while.
* Literature/TheDeathOfWCW talks about this from a booking standpoint. According to the author, [[CaptainObvious the best way to make money is to create a match fans want to see and one that they're willing to pay for to see]]. However, fans won't pay to see a bout if they can easily perceive a winner. In context to WCW's own entry on this page; the apathy factored into money bouts as well. Not only was Bischoff trying to put PPV matches on regular TV, but the sheer apathy of the heels running roughshod constantly make it a drain to see. Fans began to perceive who the winner would be (especially on the Souled Out [=PPVs=]) that money stopped coming into the PPV matches.

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When applying to individuals, this is one of the reasons why the "{{Wangst}}" trope happens. Often results in readers saying the EightDeadlyWords, or concluding that the plot boils down to a {{Wangst}}-fesCharlie Brown, {{Wangst}}-fest.

StatusQuoIsGod is usually
the strip did always have its critics who found it too downcast overall. The infamous "Lucy and result of the football" running gag is particularly polarizing; some found the joke increasingly sadistic as the years (and decades) went on. The animated cartoons generally received harsher criticism for being "too mean," with ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' actually having some scenes softened for syndication.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'': Very little goes right for the characters, jokes about death are frequent and everyone is just generally depressed from a melancholy in the air. Lisa's death by cancer is a good spot to mark
trope when the strip moved into its darkness setting.
** ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', from
audience knows that all and any changes that could have made a positive impact in the same creator, has this to a lesser degree. It's not as perpetually glum, but setting won't stick.

If
the main character is very hard to like as a person and the occasional death joke pops up now and then.
* This has happened with a lot of [[PoliticalCartoons politically-oriented]] Mexican comics, like ''Franchise/ElSantos'' and ''Los Miserables'': After suffering decades of government censorship, the political comic industry experienced a resurgence during TheNineties with its gritty stories and DeadpanSnarker AntiHero characters being praised as a welcome reality-grounded change from the rosy picture readers were being fed before; however, [[FranchiseOriginalSin more than 20 years later]], the BlackAndGrayMorality themes were turned UpToEleven, and several of their readers got tired
hero of the CrapsackWorld themes, crude humor, irredeemable {{Jerkass}} protagonists and story openly {{lampshade|Hanging}}s their ''own'' apathy toward the overall message of ThisLoserIsYou.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Ignoring the insanity of Wrestling/VinceRusso's endless use
outcome of the ShockingSwerve, story, they might be a NominalHero.

EarnYourHappyEnding can risk inducing this in the middle of the story, but ultimately all that doom and gloom and sacrifice and pain leads to victory for good people.

Keep in mind that
this trope was is subjective. Just because one considers a work of the main causes of Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s decline. While the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldOrder}}Wo [[EvilIsCool were cool]] for a while, they were '''the {{heel}}s''', which meant fiction this trope doesn't mean that they ultimately needed to suffer defeats, others do.

Compare AngstDissonance, AudienceAlienatingPremise
and meaningful ones. This, however, was a fact seemingly lost on everyone there (especially those members of the [=nWo=] who were OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow.

Contrast TastesLikeDiabetes, this trope's polar opposite, and also RootingForTheEmpire, but ''only'' when all sides
involved in booking are evil and yet the stories - funny that). After years audience still likes them. Compare and years of watching contrast {{Glurge}}, which is what happens when [[JustForFun/XMeetsY you combine the villains run roughshod over absolutely everyone, gloating sickeningly sweet and laughing, the whole thing just became pointless depressingly dark]].

See also TooHappyToLive
and depressing - they were '''never''' going to be defeated, TrueLoveIsBoring.

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!!Examples:

[[index]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.AnimeAndManga Anime
and that was that. So people just changed the channel. In the end, the one saving grace was that the group's leader, "Hollywood" Hogan, reverted Manga]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.ComicBooks Comic Books]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.FanFics Fan Fics]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.{{Films}} Films]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.{{Literature}} Literature]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.LiveActionTV Live Action TV]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.VideoGames Video Games]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.WesternAnimation Western Animation]]
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[[folder:Interactive Fiction]]
* Creator/AdamCadre's ''VideoGame/{{Varicella}}'' attempts
to being Wrestling/HulkHogan and returned to being a face - but that in itself could be considered a KarmaHoudini. Most people would probably argue that the New World Order storyline should've ended at ''Starrcade '97'', after Wrestling/{{Sting}} finally defeated Hulk Hogan (albeit in controversial fashion), thereby proving that, if nothing else, the nWo wasn't invincible. Of course, that arc itself came close to resulting in DIAA, since Sting was early on [[{{Frameup}} made to look as if he were secretly working for the nWo]], and his immediate reaction - [[AchillesInHisTent abruptly quitting WCW and entering into semi-seclusion for a time]] - didn't exactly allay suspicion. Indeed, Sting's enigmatic, smiling declaration of [[LogicBomb "The only thing that's for sure about Sting... is that nothing's for sure"]] - the last words he ever spoke before [[WhiteMaskOfDoom completely whitening his face]] and refusing to speak publicly for more than 14 months - kept people guessing for quite a while.
* Literature/TheDeathOfWCW talks about
avert this from a booking standpoint. According to the author, [[CaptainObvious the best way to make money is to create a match fans want to see by having its VillainProtagonist, while still amoral and one that they're self-centered and willing to pay murder people to claim the Regency, not as evil as his rivals for to see]]. However, fans won't pay to see a bout if they can easily perceive a winner. In context to WCW's own entry on this page; the apathy factored into money bouts as well. Not only was Bischoff trying Regency, nearly all of whom are truly horrible people who seem to put PPV matches on regular TV, but enjoy their acts of abuse and {{rape|IsASpecialKindOfEvil}}. But Varicella is still a short-sighted person who can't foresee [[spoiler: just how horrible things become when the sheer apathy of prince takes the heels running roughshod constantly make it a drain to see. Fans began to perceive who the winner would be (especially on the Souled Out [=PPVs=]) throne and becomes even worse]].



that money stopped coming into the PPV matches.
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When applying to individuals, this is one of the reasons why the "{{Wangst}}" trope happens. Often results in readers saying the EightDeadlyWords, or concluding that the plot boils down to a {{Wangst}}-fest.

StatusQuoIsGod is usually the result of the trope when the audience knows that all and any changes that could have made a positive impact in the setting won't stick.

If the hero of the story openly {{lampshade|Hanging}}s their ''own'' apathy toward the outcome of the story, they might be a NominalHero.

EarnYourHappyEnding can risk inducing this in the middle of the story, but ultimately all that doom and gloom and sacrifice and pain leads to victory for good people.

Keep in mind that this trope is subjective. Just because one considers a work of fiction this trope doesn't mean that others do.

Compare AngstDissonance, AudienceAlienatingPremise and OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow.

Contrast TastesLikeDiabetes, this trope's polar opposite, and also RootingForTheEmpire, but ''only'' when all sides involved are evil and yet the audience still likes them. Compare and contrast {{Glurge}}, which is what happens when [[JustForFun/XMeetsY you combine the sickeningly sweet and the depressingly dark]].

See also TooHappyToLive and TrueLoveIsBoring.

[[noreallife]]
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!!Examples:
[[index]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.ComicBooks Comic Books]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.FanFics Fan Fics]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.{{Films}} Films]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.{{Literature}} Literature]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.LiveActionTV Live Action TV]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.VideoGames Video Games]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.WesternAnimation Western Animation]]
[[/index]]

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[[folder:Interactive Fiction]]
* Creator/AdamCadre's ''VideoGame/{{Varicella}}'' attempts to avert this by having its VillainProtagonist, while still amoral and self-centered and willing to murder people to claim the Regency, not as evil as his rivals for the Regency, nearly all of whom are truly horrible people who seem to enjoy their acts of abuse and {{rape|IsASpecialKindOfEvil}}. But Varicella is still a short-sighted person who can't foresee [[spoiler: just how horrible things become when the prince takes the throne and becomes even worse]].

to:

When applying to individuals, this is one of the reasons why the "{{Wangst}}" trope happens. Often results in readers saying the EightDeadlyWords, or concluding that the plot boils down to a {{Wangst}}-fest.

StatusQuoIsGod is usually
{{Wangst}}-fesCharlie Brown, the result of strip did always have its critics who found it too downcast overall. The infamous "Lucy and the trope football" running gag is particularly polarizing; some found the joke increasingly sadistic as the years (and decades) went on. The animated cartoons generally received harsher criticism for being "too mean," with ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' actually having some scenes softened for syndication.
* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'': Very little goes right for the characters, jokes about death are frequent and everyone is just generally depressed from a melancholy in the air. Lisa's death by cancer is a good spot to mark
when the audience knows that all and any changes that could have made a positive impact in strip moved into its darkness setting.
** ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', from
the setting won't stick.

If the hero of the story openly {{lampshade|Hanging}}s their ''own'' apathy toward the outcome of the story, they might be a NominalHero.

EarnYourHappyEnding can risk inducing
same creator, has this in to a lesser degree. It's not as perpetually glum, but the middle of the story, but ultimately all that doom and gloom and sacrifice and pain leads main character is very hard to victory for good people.

Keep in mind that this trope is subjective. Just because one considers
like as a work of fiction this trope doesn't mean that others do.

Compare AngstDissonance, AudienceAlienatingPremise and OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow.

Contrast TastesLikeDiabetes, this trope's polar opposite, and also RootingForTheEmpire, but ''only'' when all sides involved are evil and yet the audience still likes them. Compare and contrast {{Glurge}}, which is what happens when [[JustForFun/XMeetsY you combine the sickeningly sweet
person and the depressingly dark]].

See also TooHappyToLive
occasional death joke pops up now and TrueLoveIsBoring.

[[noreallife]]
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!!Examples:
[[index]]
then.
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.AnimeAndManga Anime This has happened with a lot of [[PoliticalCartoons politically-oriented]] Mexican comics, like ''Franchise/ElSantos'' and Manga]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.ComicBooks Comic Books]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.FanFics Fan Fics]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.{{Films}} Films]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.{{Literature}} Literature]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.LiveActionTV Live Action TV]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.VideoGames Video Games]]
* [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy.WesternAnimation Western Animation]]
[[/index]]

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Interactive Fiction]]
* Creator/AdamCadre's ''VideoGame/{{Varicella}}'' attempts to avert this by having
''Los Miserables'': After suffering decades of government censorship, the political comic industry experienced a resurgence during TheNineties with its VillainProtagonist, while still amoral gritty stories and self-centered DeadpanSnarker AntiHero characters being praised as a welcome reality-grounded change from the rosy picture readers were being fed before; however, [[FranchiseOriginalSin more than 20 years later]], the BlackAndGrayMorality themes were turned UpToEleven, and willing to murder people to claim the Regency, not as evil as his rivals for the Regency, nearly all several of whom are truly horrible people who seem to enjoy their acts readers got tired of abuse the CrapsackWorld themes, crude humor, irredeemable {{Jerkass}} protagonists and {{rape|IsASpecialKindOfEvil}}. But Varicella is still a short-sighted person who can't foresee [[spoiler: just how horrible things become when the prince takes the throne and becomes even worse]].overall message of ThisLoserIsYou.



[[folder:Music]]
* Music/IronMaiden:
** The album ''The X Factor'' is widely disliked, largely because it is relentlessly dark and slow in tempo from "Fortunes Of War" onwards. ''Virtual XI'' gets this a bit too, though is balanced out a bit with the unnaturally happy sounding track "The Angel And The Gambler" (which is basically the "Can I Play With Madness" or "Holy Smoke" of this album, but fans saw it quite differently due to it [[EndingFatigue running close to 10 minutes]] and [[BrokenRecord the chorus being repeated 22 times]]).
** Many fans feel this way about ''A Matter Of Life And Death'', as well. With the exception of "Different World", the album is all about the horrors of war, and represents this in [[EpicRocking long dirges]] like "These Colours Don't Run" and "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns". As older fans have pointed out, this is quite similar to ''The X Factor'', but has received far better reviews due to Music/BruceDickinson singing. Newer fans, and music journalists, regard it as one of the band's best albums, mostly because it virtually lacks the pop sensibilities that are on the band's other albums and thus fits in better with the modern image of metal as being dark and serious.
* Music/JoyDivision. Ian Curtis' lyrics and low-key vocals make his [[DrivenToSuicide self-inflicted death]] of little surprise. Martin Hannett's spartan production adds to the effect; even Bernard Sumner says in the "Joy Division" docu-film that ''Unknown Pleasures'' is almost ''too'' dark, and he prefers the more varied arrangements of ''Closer''.
** On a lesser note, Music/TheSmiths and Music/TheCure, while happier than Joy Division, also have no dearth of depressing songs that depend on equal mood to properly enjoy (''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/03/30/episode-401-civility-before-hostility/ even joked]]: "Look at those Cure albums. No emotionally balanced, healthy person would listen to that. This is obviously our perp.").
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': Though the comic did generally achieve an agreeable balance between the light-hearted charm of the other characters and the morose nature of Charlie Brown, the strip did always have its critics who found it too downcast overall. The infamous "Lucy and the football" running gag is particularly polarizing; some found the joke increasingly sadistic as the years (and decades) went on. The animated cartoons generally received harsher criticism for being "too mean," with ''It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'' actually having some scenes softened for syndication.
* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'': Very little goes right for the characters, jokes about death are frequent and everyone is just generally depressed from a melancholy in the air. Lisa's death by cancer is a good spot to mark when the strip moved into its darkness setting.
** ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', from the same creator, has this to a lesser degree. It's not as perpetually glum, but the main character is very hard to like as a person and the occasional death joke pops up now and then.
* This has happened with a lot of [[PoliticalCartoons politically-oriented]] Mexican comics, like ''Franchise/ElSantos'' and ''Los Miserables'': After suffering decades of government censorship, the political comic industry experienced a resurgence during TheNineties with its gritty stories and DeadpanSnarker AntiHero characters being praised as a welcome reality-grounded change from the rosy picture readers were being fed before; however, [[FranchiseOriginalSin more than 20 years later]], the BlackAndGrayMorality themes were turned UpToEleven, and several of their readers got tired of the CrapsackWorld themes, crude humor, irredeemable {{Jerkass}} protagonists and the overall message of ThisLoserIsYou.
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** Literature/CiaphasCain outright defies the grimdark setting by pointing out a lot of the grimdark depictions - such as Commissars who execute willy-nilly and use Imperial Guard as little more than fodder - tend to get fragged, and depicts the Imperium as willing to negotiate with the Tau over an unimportant planet that's already been half-swayed to the Tau cause (because {{realpolitik}} means their military resources are better employed against the tyranids and necrons), something that wouldn't fly in stereotypical ''[=WH40k=]''. The series also avoids the AMillionIsAStatistic treatment of warfare common in the setting by humanizing it, such as in the sequence in ''Death or Glory'' where Cain enters a town orks have passed through and imagines the orks' treatment of the populace.

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** Literature/CiaphasCain outright defies the grimdark setting by pointing out a lot of the grimdark depictions - such as Commissars who execute willy-nilly and use Imperial Guard as little more than fodder - tend to get fragged, and depicts the Imperium as willing to negotiate with the Tau over an unimportant planet that's already been half-swayed to the Tau cause (because {{realpolitik}} means their military resources are better employed against the tyranids Tyranids and necrons), Necrons), something that wouldn't fly in stereotypical ''[=WH40k=]''. The series also avoids the AMillionIsAStatistic treatment of warfare common in the setting by humanizing it, such as in the sequence in ''Death or Glory'' where Cain enters a town orks have passed through and imagines the orks' treatment of the populace.
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